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Alumni Profile

Brian Kinzelman

President, Kinzelman Kline Gossman LLC
Bachelor of Science (Landscape Architecture) (The Ohio State University), 1977

Recent Updates

Brian Kinzelman has been named a Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were established by the faculty of the College of Engineering to recognize distinguished achievement on the part of alumni in the field of engineering or architecture by reason of significant inventions, important research or design, administrative leadership, or genius in production. Nominations are judged by the College Committee on Honorary Degrees and Honors on behalf of the College faculty.

Post date: July 17, 2011

What is landscape architecture to you?

Over the past 20 years, this profession has developed into one of the most meaningful for the contemporary world. Our collective leadership in urban planning/design on issues such as livable cities, economic redevelopment, all facets of sustainability and quality of life have differentiated us from the other design professions. We are increasingly being sought out to lead planning/design teams, not just participate in them.

Why did you choose OSU?

My early academic proficiencies were in mathematics and art, a somewhat odd combination at first glance. My deliberations on career choices centered on utilizing those two areas of strength. While exploring Architecture as a pursuit, I discovered (quite by accident) Landscape Architecture. The Ohio State LA program was then placed near or at the top of the academic rankings nationally. It seemed like a natural fit for a Columbus native.

What contribution are you most proud of?

The civic spaces design and urban planning work that I’ve been involved with over the years has provided an enormous sense of satisfaction due to the positive influence this work has had on the urban condition and the lives of people directly. Mentoring of younger practitioners and students also adds to that same sense.

Post date: April 14, 2011

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